by mikebell on 29 January, 2020
A report on the planning application to expand Bristol Airport has been published on North Somerset Council’s website today (Wednesday 29 January).
The report will be considered at a special meeting of the council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee on Monday 10 February. The meeting will start at 6pm and take place at the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare.
The 175-page report recommends approval of the application subject to a legal agreement and planning conditions to secure the necessary transport, road and other environmental improvements, plus essential controls over matters such as noise and aircraft movements.
Around 8,000 comments have been received by the council about the application and these are summarised in the report. In addition, at the meeting there is intended to be an extended period for public participation with up to 10 people addressing the committee in support of the application and 10 against.
This will be followed by a presentation from planning officers outlining the detail of the application. The chairman of the committee, Cllr Andy Cole, will then open up a debate on the expansion proposals giving councillors the opportunity to ask questions and debate the issues before a vote is taken.
In recognition of the amount of public interest, the council has arranged for the meeting to be live streamed at https://youtu.be/M_wOcBlnsKE so people can watch it in the comfort of their own homes.
There is limited capacity at the Town Hall for those wishing to attend the meeting. If everyone wanting to attend can’t be accommodated in the council chamber, another room will be made available with a camera and audio feed from the meeting.
The building will open at 5pm to people wishing to attend the meeting to allow time for security and bag checks to be undertaken. The following items which are determined as threatening the conduct of the meeting will be confiscated and returned after the meeting:
Banners will only be permitted outside the meeting.
The report going to the Planning and Regulatory Committee is available on the council’s website at https://apps.n-somerset.gov.uk/Meetings/ByCommittee/4/2019/58.
Due to the amount of public interest and the complexity of the application, it will be the only matter considered at the meeting.
There are three possible outcomes from the meeting: